Panasonic TC-PVT50 series
The Panasonic VT30 was one of the very best televisions of 2012, and there is no reason to believe the VT50 won't attain the same lofty heights this year. The television has had a cosmetic upgrade and performance tweaks, and we look forward to its arrival in May. The 55-inch will retail for $2,499, the 65-inch for $3,999.
- Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
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Starting at: $1,679.00
The good: The Panasonic TC-PVT50 series produces some of the best pictures ever, with exceedingly deep black levels, highly accurate color, and perfect screen uniformity and off-angle performance. It can get brighter than competing plasmas and performs better in well-lit rooms. Although expensive, it costs much less than comparable LED and especially forthcoming OLED models. Its styling makes it as attractive as any plasma TV I've ever seen.
The bad: The VT50 isn't as strong in terms of value as Panasonic's excellent midtier plasmas. It uses more power than competing LCD TVs, and doesn't perform as well in bright rooms as those with matte screens. It doesn't come with 3D glasses and its 3D picture shows more crosstalk than that of some competing TVs.
The bottom line: The Panasonic TC-PVT50 series represents the pinnacle of current flat-panel TV picture quality.
March 22, 2012 4:26 PM PDT
Photo by: Panasonic
| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury, David Katzmaier
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